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Hi I'm Cynthia Toala

I am a convert to the church, who married into a Samoan family. I am a loving wife, dedicated mother, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hello, my name is Cynthia Toala. I was baptized into the church on 01/17/2010 at age 17. I was a very active member at that time, and I was so in love with the gospel. I obtained my young womanhood recognition in one year, when most of the girls in Young Women's have about four years. I was determined and I was very faithful. I met my husband at a Young Single Adult's dance and we really hit it off. However, temptation overcame us and I became pregnant before we had been sealed in the temple. It was a struggle to repent mostly because I couldn't forgive myself. However, with the love of my family, and the help of my ward, our family is so close to attending the temple to be sealed as a family. I testify that if you continue to seek out KNOWLEDGE about the church and it's gospel, you will find it's truth and it's love. You will find that Heavenly Father's love and Christ's love is UNCONDITIONAL. That they will never leave your side and that this is the true church of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I decided to become a member of the church at the age of 17. I remember the exact day and every feeling that I had. It was January 17, 2010. It was the single GREATEST thing that I chose to do in my life. My father was baptised in 1996 with my mother. We lived the gospel for a couple of years. My eldest sister was baptised when she was 8 years old. 13 months later it was my turn, but we were moving away. After we moved my family fell away from the gospel. My sister got back into the gospel and welcomed it back into my home. My father loved it, but my Mother chose to leave us. My little brother was baptised, and then my cousin too. I decided that if those two boys could make the change, then there had to be something about this faith that was amazing. (Not that they are bad people, they just weren't into faith until they started talking to the missionaries.) It took ten sets of missionaries. I thought that if I agreed to be baptised, and then found something that I didn't like about the church, and had to leave it... Then who would I really be?? I felt like I had to read all the "Terms Of Service" Before I finally agreed. But then one brave missionary shared with me Alma 32:21 which says, "Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things..." and he was right. If you had seen God with your own eyes, it would be knowing... Not faith at all. And I already knew he was there watching over me, I just needed to have faith.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday, by waking up at 4:00am to get my little brother ready for Seminary, and then going to work knowing that one day I will make enough money to go to BYU-I. I read scriptures every morning, and pray to my Heavenly Father. I talk to him as if I am talking to my father, because I am! I keep a hymn or a prayer in my heart like, "Please bless, I'll do my best." I love going to church and hearing the prophets speak, because although sometimes they aren't geared toward anything I am experiencing now, if I write down what is said, and read through the talks every so often, it WILL apply. I love to gospel, and the sacrament is very sacred to me. I go to institute every wednesday night, and I go to singles ward, and I go to a gospel discussion class on thursdays. I am not just TOUCHING the rod of iron I am GRASPING it, and HOLDING FAST.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Cynthia Toala
While the majority of the members of the church feel the desire to serve people and teach the world about our church, our leaders would never force us to serve missions. Typically missions begin at the age of 18-19 years old. You can also serve what we usually refer to as "a senior mission" which is for members who are retired men, women, and married couples. Young women serve for 18 months, and young men serve for 24 months. Missionaries come from around the world, and they serve wherever the Church calls them. While serving full-time, missionaries are official representatives of the Church. Show more Show less